It was a beautiful day at the PETE Sunday. Blue skies and temps hovering around 85 degrees. The majority of the scrimmage was situational with batters coming to the plate with runners placed at different spots on the base paths. Relief pitchers were coming in inheriting runners in scoring position. The first reliever to get action was Brian Coughlin 6-2 200 Sr. righty. Coughlin Showed the ability to spot hit fast ball well and then came with his out pitch, a nice sweeping breaking ball. Slugger Chase Scott found himself of victim of of that breaking ball after Coughlin pounded him inside with several fast balls.
The pitcher at the back half of the inning was Clay Tageant 6-0 200 SR. transfer from Delgado. Tageant was rudely welcomed by Taylor Braley who took a hanging breaking ball to the center field wall for stand up double and a RBI. Chase Scott later followed up Braley's effort making contact delivering an RBI plating the runner from third. later that same inning Tim Lynch smoked a high fastball over the Cane's sign in right center. It was a two run shot that closed out that inning.
The next inning saw freshman lefty Stevie Powers 6-0 185 from Savannah Ga. come to the mound. Powers has some nice pop on his fastball and his breaking stuff has been tough on lefties. Powers had a nice showing inducing some ground balls and striking out lefty slugger Tim Lynch on a nice 2-2 breaking ball.
The next inning Senior Connor O'Brien 5-11 200 righty from Tallahassee CC. got some work on the mound. Connor shows what I call a heavy sinking fastball. The batters usually hit it into the ground or miss it all together. O'Brien used that nice fastball to get Daniel Keating swinging on a 1-2 count.
Catcher Chuckie Robinson also had a nice day behind the plate. He has a big time arm and lightening release from behind the dish. He hosed 4 base runners on the day. The talk from the locals in my section was that Chuckie wowed the scouts on pro day with that cannon of his. Chuck also contributed a clutch single up the middle for an RBI during the scrimmage.
Austin Millet 6-1 190 righty RS Freshman from East Ascension HS, La. Millet looks to be a youngster that could help the Eagles in middle relief this season. Millet showed a live fast ball consistently hitting 90-91 on the gun. Millet had a nice inning giving up no runs with a strikeout.
Perhaps the talk of the day was true freshman right-handed sidewinder Nick Sandlin 5-11 150. The diminutive righty has some serious giddy up on his fastball that belies his small stature. He hit 93 on the gun several times. This is a little unusual, as sidewinders use their big sweeping curve as their weapon of choice. Sandlin did show a nasty curve that had several batters looking foolish. The kid also has a nasty change he likes to use on left handed batters. Sandlin was as impressive as I have seen in while as a true freshman pitcher. The Eagles may have found their next nasty sidewinding closer. This kid could be special. He was unhittable yesterday. making several of our proven senior sluggers look lost at the plate. His breaking ball was untouchable.
In closing, a few more nuggets I came away with were that senior starter Jake Winston is healthy and flashed that live arm at pro day, hitting 94 on the gun regularly. I expect a big season out of Winston. I also came away very impressed with the bat of lefty RS freshman Hunter Slater 6-0 200 Mobile Al Bayside HS. He has some serious pop from the left side of the plate and has converted from an infielder to an outfielder. Look for him to give us some more pop from the left side of the plate this season. He is competing for playing time in left field this Fall. I think he will be a big time stick for the eagles in the near future.